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    Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930’s to today.

    Each issue encourages you to:

    • Explore readers’ own recollections and memories in our Yesterday Remembered section
    • Discover more about days gone past with stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons and from Christmas traditions to great days out
    • Enjoy regular reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, 1940’s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword

    We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler

    Change, My Dear…
    As a long-time Doctor Who fan, I’ve witnessed a lot of changes to the show. But given that our hero travels through time and space in a police box that’s bigger on the inside than out, and can alter his whole physical appearance, then why can’t he regenerate into a woman?

    However, the biggest shock wasn’t that Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the Thirteenth Doctor but that the news featured in a short film following the Wimbledon Men’s Finals. My favourite programme is now “event television”, a far cry from the 1980s when BBC executives were openly hostile to the show.

    Someone who felt this more than most during this period was Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, who after suffering the indignity of wearing a coat of many colours, was removed from the role and never got to film a regeneration scene. But as you’ll discover from my article on a visit to the recording studios of Big Finish Productions, Colin was given a second chance and for the last 18 years has been playing the Doctor on audio.

    Unencumbered by that coat, his Doctor’s now seen in a more positive light and he’s been able to do things that would have proved impossible while he was on TV, including taking a trip to Blackpool where his character was meant to visit back in 1985.

    And talking of the seaside, not only are we celebrating the great British holiday this issue, we also look back at what was meant to be the last steam train trip to Brighton just over 50 years ago. I doubt many on that journey could have imagined that just a few years later, there would be regular main line steam trips and that not only would someone build a new steam locomotive but it would reach 100mph.

    But then again, for almost 40 years and despite regular tabloid stories to the contrary, I doubt many could ever imagine that the Doctor would one day be a lady.

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